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BREAKING: Train derails after smashing into truck – major rescue operation launched

The University of Virginia Health System said Wednesday evening that six patients were transported to UVA Medical Center.

The former Johnson City mayor recalled the events that unfolded when he and others scrambled to help the injured.

A team with the National Transportation Safety Board was back at the site of the crash early Thursday, February 1. This is an opportunity to remind everyone about the importance of exercising caution around railroad rights-of-way. Amtrak continues to work closely with Operation Lifesaver to communicate the dangers of grade crossings.

"The NTSB does safety investigations so the fact that we are here, the presumption is that it was an accident", Weener said.

The crash occurred in Crozet, Virginia, about 15 miles west of Charlottesville, as the group headed to The Greenbrier resort in West Virginia. People standing up in the cars fell down.

NTSB also revealed the driver from the Time Disposal garbage truck has been an employee there for seven years. "We are grateful for the first responders who rushed to the scene and we pray for the victims and their families".

Fox News reported that one person died, and that the individual had not been a passenger.

It was the second tragedy to hit congressional Republicans in the past year. "There are no serious injuries among members of Congress or their staff", White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement.

Officials say no one on the train was seriously injured.

Officials say the Amtrak train was going 61 miles-per-hour in a 60 mph zone, and that video from the train will be reviewed.

He said he was talking with colleagues about the coming retreat when he felt a jolt.

"You could feel we had hit something", said Sen.

Westerman said emergency personnel also went through the train checking on anyone who was injured.

"It was kind of like after a big surgery, we all ended up in the bathroom trying to get the blood off of ourselves and trying to get ourselves together", Marshall explained.

Crawford said help arrived swiftly. The part of the truck we can see was decimated.

Hill, like many of his colleagues, posted about the accident on social media, letting people know he was safe.

"We don't have full understanding yet as to what happened", Trump said.

Lance tweeted his spokesman, John Byers, immediately following the collision that involved a garbage truck stuck on the rail line.

Responding to reports from nearby residents that crossing equipment had been malfunctioning, Weener said signal experts would be looking at the safety of the crossing.

U.S. Sen. John Boozman of Rogers quickly notified his office that he and his wife, Cathy, were uninjured. "If we find anything that indicates that this was intentional, we will turn that over to the Federal Bureau of Investigation", he said.

Those details are included in a U.S. Department of Transportation Inventory Form dated January 3 describing the warning system at the crossing near Crozet, Virginia.

President Trump will speak today at a GOP retreat in West Virginia.

The train, carrying GOP lawmakers crashed into a truck Wednesday, killing one person.

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